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1993 - 59TH Award
Charlie Ward
Florida State Back

The brilliant and exciting signal-caller from Thomasville, Georgia is the first Seminole player to win the Heisman award. From the first moment of the '93 season, the spotlight focused on Ward, who was considered to be the nation's premier quarterback and the prime candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Ward responded not only with many a marvelous performance at passing and running, but also with the kind of inspired leadership which is present in only the finest of quarterbacks. Analysts noted that the 6-foot 2 inch, 190-pound Ward did much better when lined up in the "Shotgun" formation, wherein he stood some seven yards behind center. This enabled him to get a better view of the defense and to use his phenomenal escape skills to avoid the oncoming defensive linemen. Indeed, he averaged six yards every time he ran with the ball. But it was as a passer that Ward ruined a defense, with an almost unbelievable- near 70 percent- completion average, and the ability to throw the long pass as well as the short. Even in the furiously exciting heart-stopping loss to Notre Dame at South Bend in mid-November '93, Ward still managed some 300 yards passing and came within a whisker of saving the day for the Seminoles. Charlie was drafted in 1994 by the New York Knickerbockers of the NBA, who selected him as the 26th overall pick.

The Voting

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Class

Position

1

2

3

Total

1stCharlie WardFlorida StateSr.QB74039122,310
2ndHeath ShulerTennesseeJr.QB10274110688
3rdDavid PalmerAlabamaJr.RB167888292
4thMarshall FaulkSan Diego StateJr.RB77481250
5thGlenn FoleyBoston CollegeSr.QB54771180
6thLeShon JohnsonNorthern IllinoisSr.RB55159176
7thJ.J. StokesUCLAJr.WR33748131
8thTyrone WheatleyMichiganJr.RB23132100
9thTrent DilferFresno StateJr.QB2282991
10thEric ZeierGeorgiaJr.QB0243785

Charlie Ward became the first player from Florida State to win the Heisman. With 919 ballots mailed out, Ward captured all six sections. Heath Shuler of Tennessee took second place in all six regions and David Palmer of Alabama rounded out the top three by capturing third place in the Mid-Atlantic, South and Southwest regions respectively.

No. of registered electors: 919
Date of announcement: December 11, 1993
Date of dinner: December 14, 1993

The number of points by region and position within each region are as follows for the top five candidates:

Name

North-east

Mid Atlantic

South

South-west

Mid-west

Far West

Ward371138813731408138013901
Shuler8121322157212221032932
Palmer345553973503267306
Faulk494345215394335743
Foley80349451313112181211

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